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54 Songs About Heroes and Superheroes

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Celebrate the heroes in your life with a customized playlist of pop, rock, and country tunes.

Celebrate the heroes in your life with a customized playlist of pop, rock, and country tunes.

Not Every Hero Wears a Cape

The heroes in my life have never worn a cape. They don't have x-ray vision, fly invisible planes, or leap tall buildings in a single bound. They are ordinary people whose commitment, compassion, and service to others serve as an exemplar of humanity at its finest.

My heroes have been

  • the teachers who challenged and inspired me,
  • my parents who nurtured and sacrificed for me, and
  • strangers who offered a much-needed helping hand in times of crisis.

Never underestimate the impact that your kindness has on another human being, even if they don't have the presence of mind at the time to thank you.

If you have heroes in your life, then why not take the time to thank them? And while you're at it, celebrate them with a custom playlist. We've got a long list of pop, rock, and country hits to get you started.

1. "One Call Away" by Charlie Puth

The narrator in this 2015 hit reminds the woman he cares about that when she's feeling like a damsel in distress, all she needs to do is summon him for help. He wants to lift her spirits and set her free:

I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one call away.

2. "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias

This is a romantic, soul-wrenching 2001 song that asks just how far you would go for your beloved. The protagonist then promises

I can be your hero baby
I can kiss away the pain
I will stand by you forever
You can take my breath away.

The song was released just eight days before the 9/11 attacks and became one of the few songs chosen to be remixed with commentary from politicians as well as audio from firefighters, police, and civilians at Ground Zero.

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3. "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler

In this supercharged, uptempo hit from 1984, the narrator fantasizes that a superhero will come along instead of the regular men she meets. However, she has a number of requirements: "He's gotta be strong, he's gotta be fast, and he's gotta be fresh from the fight." Wanting someone larger than life to sweep her off her feet, she refuses to settle for just any man.

4. "Hero" by Mariah Carey

You may feel broken and tentative. You may have lost hope. But if you dig deep, you will discover that a hero lies deep within.

So says this encouraging 1993 hit, beautifully sung by diva Mariah Carey. Even if no one else reaches out to lift you up, you have the strength within to fly solo. So step up to your challenges and realize what you're worth!

I am not saying I am Wonder Woman.  I am just saying no one has ever seen me and Wonder Woman in the same room.

I am not saying I am Wonder Woman. I am just saying no one has ever seen me and Wonder Woman in the same room.

5. "Heroes" by David Bowie

This 1977 song became a signature song for David Bowie, and it alludes to two lovers embracing by the Berlin Wall, one from East Berlin and one from West Berlin. Although the couple is being separated by a force they cannot control, they yearn to be free, together.

6. "Heroes and Friends" by Randy Travis

According to this 1990 country hit, there are only two things that last a lifetime: heroes and friends. Heroes teach us to find the good in ourselves while friends stay loyal and offer us support.

7. "Superman (It's Not Easy)" by Five For Fighting

The message behind this 2001 song is that heroes are not indestructible. Superman is this song's narrator, and he describes a dislike of flying and the desire to dream. He also refers to his cape as "silly." Sounds like a superhero identity complex to me.

"We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by." - Will Rogers, American cowboy

"We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by." - Will Rogers, American cowboy

8. "Heroes" by Paul Overstreet

Mothers who rock their crying babies and fathers who work hard for their families are just two examples of ordinary heroes. According to this 1991 song, heroes don't always wear uniforms or make the news headlines:

'Cause you know heroes come in every shape and size
Making special sacrifices for others in her lives
No one gives them medals, the world don't know their names
But in someone's eyes, they're heroes just the same.

9. "(We Could Be) Heroes" by Alesso, featuring Tove Lo

This is an inspiring 2014 song that motivates us to consider the heroic potential that exists within each of us "with love and a little light." Anyone has the power if they understand the greatness that is possible.

10. "Waiting for Superman" by Daughtry

The woman in this 2013 song is waiting for her hero to come rescue her. However, she's been locked in her apartment for 100 days and so far he hasn't shown up. She keeps making excuses for him. While she waits, she must find her own source of strength.

Heroes don't always wear capes.

Heroes don't always wear capes.

11. "I Would Die 4U" by Prince and the Revolution

This 1984 hit is about someone who promises that they would make the ultimate sacrifice for someone they love. Many people claim that the song is about Jesus, as there is a lyric that references "I'm your messiah, and you're the reason why." Despite being known for racy songs throughout his career, the singer was a conservative Christian.

12. "Superheroes" by The Script

According to this stirring 2014 song, superheroes are born of strife and struggle. They turn their pain into power:

'Cause he's stronger than you know
A heart of steel starts to grow.

13. "She's Somebody's Hero" by Jamie O'Neal

This sentimental 2005 country song reminds us that heroes come in all kinds of packages. Mothers are often overlooked for their heroic commitment to their children.

They bandage skinned knees, read bedtime stories, and shuttle kids from one activity to the next. They encourage and uplift, giving us the strength to fly on our own. And then, hopefully, we return their care and commitment when they need it.

"The ordinary hero hiding in each of us is often the most powerful catalyst for change." - Tate Taylor, American actor

"The ordinary hero hiding in each of us is often the most powerful catalyst for change." - Tate Taylor, American actor

14. "We Don't Need Another Hero" by Tina Turner

The powerful vocals in this 1985 song advocate love, compassion and making a united contribution for a better world tomorrow. The Grammy-nominated song was featured in the movie, "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome."

"A hero is somebody who  voluntarily walks into the unknown." - Tom Hanks, American actor

"A hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown." - Tom Hanks, American actor

15. "I'll Be There" by Mariah Carey

This 1990 hit was originally recorded by the Jackson 5, but Mariah Carey soars in her performance of it. The song refers to a pact to be mutually accountable to one another, with the narrator promising that all her friend has to do is call and she'll be there. She will protect, comfort and build up her friend in a blanket of love. If that's not a hero, then what is?

16. "Everyday Superhero" by Smash Mouth

According to this 2006 song, even heroes can feel self-doubt. Sung from the perspective of an ordinary superhero just trying to save the world, he's feeling the pressure of his role. He explains that it's difficult when everyone looks up to you. This superhero is just trying to save the world, so just leave him alone and let him just do his thing. No pressure, right?

17. "My Hero" by The Foo Fighters

The media often highlights athletes, business tycoons, and Hollywood creatives as heroes, but this 1998 alternative rock song pays homage to the heroes among us. They're the nurses, EMTs, firefighters, teachers, parents, and community volunteers. It's a thoughtful tribute to all of the heroes in our lives who don't make headlines but make our lives better.

18. "Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down

The superhero in this 1999 song sees himself as "just your average ordinary everyday superhero trying to save the world ... nothing more than that, that's all I really am." Even though he has superpowers and wears spandex, he's just like everyone else in that he just wants to be accepted.

"A hero is someone we can admire without apology." Kitty Kelley, American author

"A hero is someone we can admire without apology." Kitty Kelley, American author

19. "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler

For everyone who enjoys the limelight, there are the unsung heroes who supported their path to fame and fortune. This1988 song pays homage to the heroes in our lives who stay in the shadows, content to allow us to bask in the glory and let us shine. Consider this song the ultimate "thank you" to the unsung heroes who fueled your dreams — teachers, parents, mentors, spouses, and dear friends.

20. "Immortals" by Fallout Boy

In this 2015 song, the narrator invites his partner to spend an eternity with him; the time that they share is their eternity.

He tells her that he'll always look out for her and will pull her back onto the right path if he sees her drifting. Everyone seeks immortality, and even if you don't achieve it, it's a laudable goal worth fighting for.

"We are the hero of our own story." - Mary McCarthy, American novelist

"We are the hero of our own story." - Mary McCarthy, American novelist

Even More Songs About Heroes and Superheroes

Know a song that should be on our Heroes Playlist? Suggest it in our Comments Section below!

SongArtistYear Released

21. Superman Tonight

Bon Jovi


22. Every Day

Rascal Flatts


23. Jukebox Hero



24. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Willie Nelson


25. Kill Your Heroes



26. Superhero

Simon Curtis


27. Waitin' for a Superman

The Flaming Lips`


28. Hero

Chad Kroeger featuring Josie Scott


29. Hero

Jessie J


30. Working Class Hero

Green Day


31. Hero in Your Own Hometown

Mary Chapin Carpenter


32. Flash



33. Superman's Song

Crash Test Dummies


34. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman

The Kinks


35. Ballad of the Green Berets

Sgt. Barry Sadler


36. Greatest American Hero

Joey Scarbury


37. Rock 'N' Roll Hero



38. Batdance



39. Where Have All Our Heroes Gone

Bill Anderson


40. I Thought That He Walked On Water

Randy Travis


41. Warrior

Kid Rock


42. My Woman, My Woman, My Wife

Marty Robbins


43. Superwoman

Karyn White


44. Superman's Song

Crash Test Dummies


45. Wonder Woman

Larissa Lam


46. Hero



47. Superhero

Jane's Addiction


48. Save Me

Remy Zero


49. Superman

Luna Halo


50. Something Just Like This

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay


51. Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Owl City


52. Wonder Woman

Lion Babe


53. My Own Hero

Andy Grammer


54. My Hero



Are you a hero, wannabe, or sidekick?

Are you a hero, wannabe, or sidekick?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 FlourishAnyway


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 21, 2020:

Bob - No problem. I do it too!

Robert Sacchi on May 20, 2020:

Another miss for me. My bad.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 19, 2020:

Bob - Thanks for the suggestion. It's on there already #32 ("Flash" by Queen). I appreciate you.

Robert Sacchi on May 18, 2020:

What about "Flash Gordon" by Queen.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 20, 2019:

Shane - Thank you for the song suggestion!

Shane on February 19, 2019:

Don’t know if this is still updated, but Pride and the Badge by Marty Robbins is an all time favorite of mine. (spoiler)

A ranger shows up to a town being sacked by three outlaws. The sheriff was shot dead, and the townspeople would rather the ranger let the outlaws do their thing and leave out of fear. (Major spoiler) His pride won’t let him leave and his Badge stops a bullet from killing him.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 14, 2018:

Inthesar - Fantastic recommendation! Thank you for drawing my attention to this song. I've added it to not only this playlist but also the playlist "Songs About Families." Have a great day! And hug your dad.

Inthesar on November 12, 2018:

Not all Heroes wear Capes - Owl City

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 24, 2018:

John - Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are well.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 24, 2018:

Flourish, what a wonderful collection of songs about heroes you have compiled. Everyone inspirational in its own right. Great job.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 23, 2018:

Ben Truby - Many thanks for the song suggestions. I have added several of them. You're super!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 23, 2018:

Ben Truby - Thanks for the song suggestion! I added it at #47. Have a great day.

Ben Truby on March 23, 2018:

I almost forgot this one, which was the song for the opening credits of Entourage:

Super Hero by Jane's Addiction

Ben Truby on March 23, 2018:

Just a few others that I have stumbled upon over the years and I think people would enjoy:

Save Me by Remy Zero

Superman by Luna Halo

Something Just LIke This by Coldplay & The Chainsmokers

Super Woman by Lil' Mo

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 14, 2018:

Sally - Thank you for your comment.

Sally Olsen on February 14, 2018:

A Hero to me is someone who thinks they have done little, but the little they have done, has gone a long way.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 26, 2017:

Grizz11 - Consider it added! Thanks for reading and taking the time to make a comment and suggestion.

Grizz11 on August 26, 2017:

I think skillet hero should be on the list

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 13, 2017:

Thank you, Ryan! I hope you have a hero in your life and are serving as a hero for others as well. We never know whose eyes are looking to you as a role model!

Fullerman5000 on July 13, 2017:

Great list of songs. I was definitely happy to see My Hero by the Foo Fighters and Kryptonite by 3 doors down. Did not realize how many more songs are out there about heroes. Fun article.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 12, 2017:

Cali C - I listened to it and love it! Adding it as #45. Thank you for the suggestion.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 26, 2017:

watermelon - You might want to get back to studying then, eh?

i like watermelooooon on June 25, 2017:

this was kind of helpful but then i realised im not even studying heros and im just sad because i dont have any chips left and i need to study but im sade because my pet grape died

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 16, 2016:

Sha - It's a lovely song. We are all important to someone, and I hope we treat one another more kindly with a broader understanding that each of us exists within a network of people who love and depend upon us, look up to us for inspiration and support.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 15, 2016:

The song and video by Jamie O'Neal had me in tears. Beautiful song!

We don't realize what an impact we have on people's lives. I think there are more heroes on this earth than not.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 06, 2016:

norlawrence - I appreciate you stopping by!

norlawrence on August 05, 2016:

Very good. Thank you.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 02, 2016:

teaches12345 - Thank you for stopping by! A good teacher is priceless!

teaches12345 on August 01, 2016:

I enjoyed this look at super heroes. True, many do not wear capes but they are heroes still.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 25, 2016:

Dora - Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I totally agree with you. Yours is smiling down on you. You are a hero, too, for the kind and loving care that you took of her.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 25, 2016:

Mothers and grandmothers as heroes are the most appealing to me. They don't wear capes; they wear invisible crowns. Great song list as usual.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 25, 2016:

Patricia - I'm glad you enjoyed the playlist and that it was close to your heart, reminding you of your dear grandson. Blessings to you all.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 24, 2016:

flourish this is very close to my heart....with Heston Wayne being touched by superheroes we are all 'heroes' for him and to him right now And the really lovely thing is....HE is our hero.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 22, 2016:

Linda - I'm glad I included one of your favorites! Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 22, 2016:

Thanks, Larry!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 22, 2016:

When I read the title of this hub, I wondered if you would include the Foo Fighters song. ...of course you did! You never disappoint. Another great, uplifting hub. As you said, true heroes don't announce themselves with capes and silver bracelets. They walk among us every day.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 22, 2016:

Another wonderful list.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 22, 2016:

Heidi - How awesome that you are a lucky concert goer able to see the real deal! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 22, 2016:

Devika - What a wonderful comment. Glad you enjoyed it. Have a lovely weekend!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on July 21, 2016:

Another great playlist... as usual. BTW, I just saw Three Doors Down live a few weeks ago and, of course, they did Kryptonite. Keep the hits going, girl!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 21, 2016:

You surprised me with this hub! A lovely idea and HERO is my best by Enrique Iglesias.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 21, 2016:

Shyron - What a wonderful grandmother you had! Not everyone is so lucky. Thanks for the suggestion, too. I wil add it! Have a wonderful day!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 21, 2016:

John - I'm so happy you enjoyed it this much! Some of my favorites are on here, too! Have a great day!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 21, 2016:

Bill - Glad you enjoyed it! Have a super day, super writer.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 21, 2016:

Frank - A big thank you to you.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 21, 2016:

Peggy - Thank you for your kind kudos. I have a moderator (probably a newbie) who insists on snipping my listings on towns and cities as irrelevant, but I consider them fun and a little different. I'm glad you like that feature! Thanks for your support!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 21, 2016:

What a super collection of songs here, Flourish. It is impossible to even pick my favourites, though "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias and the one by Mariah Carey would be up there, and "Superman by Five4Fighting, and many this hub.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 21, 2016:

#7 is one of my all-time favorites. I'm glad it's on the list.....another good one, my friend. Thanks for the playlist.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on July 21, 2016:

Again I am so entertained by your music hubs.. bravo Flourish...:) Frank

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 21, 2016:

Flourish, this is another great musical tribute to the heroes of our world.

My grandmother was a hero to all her grandchildren, she raised 5 children, 6 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.

My grandfather lived the Marty Robbins song.

"My Woman, My Woman, My Wife"

Hands that are strong but wrinkled

Doing work that never gets done

Hair, that's lost some of the beauty

By too many hours in the sun

Eyes, that show some disappointment

And there's been quite a lot in her life

She's the foundation I lean on

My woman, my woman, my wife

Everyday has been uphill

Oh, we climb but we can't reach the top

I'm weak and I'm easily discouraged

She just smiles when I want to stop

Lips, that are weary but tender

With love, that strengthens my life

A saint, in a dress made of gingham

My woman, my woman, my wife

Two little babies were born in the spring

But died when the winter was new

I lost control of my mind and my soul

But my woman's faith carried us through

When she reaches that river

Lord, you know what she's worth

Give her that mansion up yonder

'Cause she's been through hell here on earth

Blessings and hugs Dear Friend

Lord, give her my share of Heaven

If I've earned any here in this life

'Cause God, I believe she deserves it

My woman, my woman, my wife

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2016:

I absolutely love your first paragraph! Most true heroes are ordinary people who go about their lives in a quiet but important way. That is quite the assortment of songs! Most enjoyable is your listing of towns and cities at the end of these posts with names appropriate to the content of your hubs. Nothing in Texas this time! Ha! Happy to share.

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